Monday, October 31, 2011

King Edward Point, South Geogria

baby elephant seal and mom

After leaving Bird Island, we headed for Kind Edward Point (KEP) to deliver more cargo and supplies.  For me, KEP meant the opportunity to go ashore and wander around.  I visited an old Norwegian whaling station, called Grytviken, Shackleton’s grave, and watched elephant seals and their new born pups. 

 Science starts tomorrow morning!  We’ll have about three to four days of sampling.  Then, we have a quick trip back to Bird Island to finish delivering cargo that we couldn’t finish before due to bad weather... and then more science sampling!

KEP base

elephant seal

old whaling ships

fur seal

male elephant seal

pair of king penguins

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Departure from the Falklands

After a few days of long travel, I arrived safe and sound Saturday afternoon in the Falkland Islands.  The ship’s departure was delayed a day, so we had all of Sunday to roam around.  We decided to walk along the coast line in search of a Gentoo penguin colony. Along the way, we came across Bertha’s Beach, which is a beautiful, white sandy, almost tropical-looking beach.  Then, after gathering a few limpet shells and other treasures, we carried on admiring geese, sheep, and awesomely scrubby plants.

Eventually we stumbled across the colony of hundreds of Gentoo’s!  As soon as we entered the colony, I knew it was one of the Gentoo colonies I visited last time I was in the Falklands (but by land rover).  They are still just as cuteand just as smelly!!      

We left Mare Harbour Monday morning for about 3 day journey to Bird Island.  Once we are there we have two days of relief work and unloading supplies before we can start our sampling.  The ship is packed to the brim with supplies and people because the JCR is first call back to some of the islands since last winter.  Currently, we’re out in the middle of the South Atlantic and we’ve seen albatrosses, petrels, charismatic mega-fauna (i.e. dolphins & whales) and some big waves!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Guess I better get to packing!

On Thursday I start traveling to the Falkland Islands to meet up with the RRS James Clark Ross! I'll be away about a month and start traveling Thursday evening.  My first stop out of Atlanta is Santiago, Chile, where I'll hopefully arrive Friday morning.  I have a day in Santiago and then I catch a flight Saturday morning to the Falkland Islands.

Unfortunately, I don't have much time to explore the Falklands this trip, but here's a post from the last time.  The ship departs from Mare Harbour Sunday, October 23rd.  Last time we left from Stanley, so I'm looking forward to a new departure spot.    
Stanley, Falkland Islands

I'll be teaming up with the British Antarctic Survey for another benthic sampling trip.  This time we're headed to South Georgia in the sub-Antarctic chain of islands.  Stay tuned for posts about our trip! Lots of science, cool animals, and fun excursions to come...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

While we're on the pumpkin/ squash theme...

Currently, a friend of mine has these as the centerpiece on her dining room table. 

Who knew "pumpkins" grew on branches?!   Well, whatever they are, they are definitely awesome.  And displayed in a mason jar... what's not to love? 

These "pumpkins on branches" are just shouting "fall" and make me smile. Hope you enjoy them too!  

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

I-Dreemy of these!

Saw these (Steve Madden, I-Dreemy, in the blush multi) over the summer while shopping in Oxford, MS and I still can't get them out of my mind. :)  

I think they would be just awesome with a pair of dark skinny jeans and black fluttery top!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Back to blogging...

Even though things are pretty busy these days, I've been feeling the urge to start this blog back up.  I hope to use it as an outlet to share things I like: recipes, science, pictures, ideas, and travelogues. It will probably mostly be about food :) Hope you enjoy!

So, today I'll start with a recipe that we made recently.  Lately, cooking has been a way for me to unwind at the end of the day.  I used to pretty much to stick to recipes, but lately I've been pushed to experiment and "create" or adapt dishes from what I know.

In the fall time, I just adore pumpkins and squashes.  I can't help buying all different shapes and colors of pumpkins, squashes, and gourds.  To me, there is nothing cuter than a heaping basket of squashes and gourds piled together.  Utilizing that pile for dinner is also fantastic!

I give you: Spicy Turkey Sausage in Tomato Sauce and Spaghetti Squash!  This is a pretty quick and easy, delicious meal and it is low carb!

Spicy Turkey Sausage in Tomato Sauce and Spaghetti Squash
(Serves 4 good eaters)
2 spaghetti squash
1 lb spicy Italian turkey sausage (casings removed)
1 sweet onion
2-3 chopped garlic cloves
1 can tomatoes
2 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste
fresh basil leaves
salt & pepper 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut spaghetti squash in half, brush with olive oil, salt and pepper generously, place cut size down in 9x13 glass dish.  Bake for about an 1 hour, until nutty, slightly browned and tender.

In the mean time start the sauce. I always used to use a jar of sauce, but I recently discovered just how easy and delicious it is to make homemade sauce. So, for the meat sauce: remove casings from spicy Italain turkey sausage. Brown and break apart in big/ deep frying pan. Add chopped onion and 2-3 large finely chopped garlic cloves.  Once meat, onions and garlic are nicely browned, add can of tomatoes (don't drain), 2 cans of tomato sauce (one will do in a pinch, you'll just have less sauce) and tomato paste.  Next, I usually add a shake of garlic powder, onion powder, and S & P.  I like a slightly sweet, spicy sauce with the nutty squash, so I also add about a tablespoon of honey.  Add 4-6 whole basil leaves and simmer sauce on low until squash is cooked.

Remove squash from oven, let cool slightly, scrape squash with fork into bowl. Salt lightly, spoon meat sauce over, top with Parmesan cheese, serve and ENJOY!